Nigerian scholar challenges Muslims to research into scientific history of Qur’an
By RAZAQ BAMIDELE
London, May 13, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Muslims all over the world have been challenged to research more into the history of Qur’an with a view to re-ascertaining that the glorious book is the source of all the sciences being wrongly claimed as personal intellectual property
An Islamic scholar and Vice Chancellor, Fountain university, Osogbo, Nigeria, Professor Amidu Sanni threw the challenge in Lagos, while delivering a paper, ‘Islam, Science and Today’s World’ at the 15th annual Ramadan lecture by the University of Lagos Muslim Community.
Professor Amidu Sanni, who lamented the nonchalant attitude of today’s Muslim towards knowledge, especially the sciences reminded that the knowledge is the foundation on which Islam is built, reminding that, the first verse revealed to Prophet Muhammad (SAW), was about ‘reading,’ connoting seeking for knowledge.
According to him, Prophet Muhammed (SAW), in his life time gingered Muslims severally to seek for knowledge even if it was as far as China because of the Chinese efficiency in the sciences, adding that the vital ingredient for societal growth is education and knowledge.
Speaking further, the erudite author of several books quoted several verses from the glorious book, where the almighty Allah tasked the Muslims to think deeply and research extensively into it to discover that it is a divine book that is the compendium of all aspects of sciences people can think of under the sun.
The lecturer asserted that, Islam is more than just the faith but comprises of good deeds and knowledge of how humanity would be on top of any situation that might arise either in medicine, technology, law among others.
Amidu proved to the distinguished audience that, “Islamic scholars documented and protected sources of sciences that the world now collate and call the sciences,” stating that, “what they now do is just to change the names.”
The concerned lecturer lamented that, it is now the non-Muslims that are exhibiting Islamic Idealism abandoned by the Muslims who are the original originator, pointing out emphatically that there is no doubt that Muslims contributed largely to all forms of Sciences.
While suggesting a way forward for Muslims to recapture the lost glory in the field of knowledge, particularly the sciences, the lecturer called for a pragmatic plans to evolve expansion of some institutions on ground as a launching pad.
According to him, building of Wahab Iyanda Folawiyo Legacy, as well as complementing the bold step of Prince Abdul-Jabar Bola Ajibola that led to the establishment of the Crescent University, Abeokuta, Ogun State as well as expansion of frontiers of the likes of the associations like the Nasrul Lahil Fath (NASFAT) would go a long way in moving forward toward realising the goal.
He also suggested a Taskforce on implementation of outcomes of all the Ramadan lectures by all the Islamic groups like the Muslim Student Society of Nigeria (MSSN), Nigeria Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Federation of Muslim Women of Nigeria (FOMWAN) and others.
In his remarks, the Chairman on the occasion, Dr. Muiz Banire (SAN), said having listened to the lecturer, what remains is a pragmatic steps towards making the import of the message to have impact on the Muslims.
Banire, who is the current Chairman, Assets Management Company of Nigeria (AFCOM), also admitted that, “scientific inventions witnessing today are already captured in the glorious Qur’an,” asserting that, “the rapport and symbiotic relationship between the sciences and the Qur’an are not antagonistic, but rather complimentary.
He therefore charged the Muslims to continue to make excursion into reseaches since the most compwlling obligation in Islam is seeking for knowledge, advising that, “we should not be contented and be satisfied with the little we have acquired in our research into sciences.
On a final note, Banire, who was a former Commissioner of the Environment in Lagos State advised that, the glorious Qur’an should be made open and accessible to non-Muslims to know what it contains, regretting that in the past, some people did not even want to know what the contents of the divine books were.
“In England today, with over a thousand mosques, the Western people have now seen what the Qur’an contains which they had earlier taken for granted,” Banire submitted.
In his welcome address, the host and the Chairman, University of Lagos (UNILAG) Muslim Community, Professor Lai Olurode said the topic of the lecture was deliberately chosen to wake up the Muslims from their slumber to realise that Qur’an and the Sciences are Siamese twins that cannot be separated.
According to him, if lectures on such a topics are not organised, Muslims would not stop having the erroneous impression that Islam and the early Muslims contributed nothing to the sciences saying, with this type of programs, the Muslim will wake up to the realisation that they are the custodians of the knowledge that keeps the world going.
He therefore urged the Muslims to rise up and take over their rightful place in the world as far as knowledge, particularly the sciences is concerned.
In his goodwill message, the Chief Imam of Lagos State, Sheikh Sulaiman Oluwatoyin Abu’Nolla charged the audience to take their destiny in their hands reminding that, “God has said that he will not change the affairs of any community until the community is prepared to change its affairs for good.”
According to him, Muslims should sit down and plan very well to have solutions to their challenges, asserting that nobody would do it for them since even the almighty Allah has said that He is not ready to do it for them until they are prepared to do it for themselves.
In his brief remarks, the Chief Host and the UNILAG Vice Chancellor, Professor T. O. ogundipe thanked the organisers for their contributions towards peace on the campus saying, “we are privileged nowadays to have this type of lecture that contribute to education and peaceful co-existence in the community.”
He therefore urged the attendees to imbibe the spirit of Ramadan and live up to the standards of its teachings just as he appealed to all to pray for the nation for a peaceful transition on May 29.